Representative Don Gosen released a statement early Wednesday morning that said he was resigning so he could focus on his family.
A few minutes later Todd Richardson the House Speaker, a Republican from Popular Bluff, released a statement of his own that hinted at some type of possible unethical behavior.
At the start of 2016, Richardson told lawmakers that the actions of the House would not be defined by just a few. He added that he had been serious then as he was now and that is why when he became aware of the situation he asked Gosen to resign.
Gosen left Missouri’s Capitol shortly after submitting his resignation letter officially leaving the chamber. He would not respond to requests for comments.
However, he did tell members of the AP that his resignation was due to personnel issues. However, he would not go any further with his comments.
Gosen said that last week there had been rumors floating around inside the Capitol of which some were true but some were not true.
He added that with those come personal issues that he was addressing at home and none of those that are related to legislative duties or activities.
Rumors of an impending resignation by Gosen have floated around the Capitol for many days. The announcement comes less than one year after John Diehl the former House Speaker was forced into resigning after he allegedly exchanged sexually charges text messages with a House intern who as just 19 years old.
Former Democratic senator resigned last year as well amidst sexual harassment allegations by a pair of interns.
Since the summer, scandals that plagued the area the House approved new policies for intern and lawmakers which makes it illegal for staff or their lawmakers to have relationships.
Gosen is 53 and co-owner of a brewery in Herman. He also was elected to the House in 2010 and has been a chairman of the House Insurance Committee.